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Parking is limited at this beach to less than 25 vehicles and parking on the street (HWY 302) is illegal. If the parking lot is full, please choose an alternative beach for that day’s recreational activity.

All state-owned tidelands in North Bay north of a line drawn southwest from Rocky Point to the north end of Reach Island then due west to the mainland are closed to the harvest of clams and oysters EXCEPT state-owned tidelands on the east side of North Bay north of the power transmission lines and south of the power transmission lines 1600 feet (see beach map) may be open for clams and oysters subject to the clam and oyster seasons shown to the left.

Check Dept. of Health (DOH) for health restrictions on this beach


Mason County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound)

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)




Clams open May 1 through May 31 and September 1 through September 30 

Oysters open May 1 through May 31 and September 1 through September 30



This beach has been enhanced with oysters.

This is an excellent beach for native littleneck clams and Manila clams. The best area for littleneck clams is just north of the access trail, but there are littleneck clams throughout the beach.  There are some butter clams, eastern softshell clams and cockles on this beach, but they are not as abundant as the Manila and native littleneck clams.

Oysters are currently in short supply on this beach, but WDFW has recently re-seeded the area north of the access with juvenile oysters which should return the beach to productivity in future years.


Harvest Area Map
Map of NORTH BAY  harvest area

Oyster information

From Bremerton, drive south on Highway 3 through Belfair. After passing North Mason High School, turn left onto Highway 302 heading east toward Purdy, Gig Harbor and Tacoma. Drive about 2.6 miles to powerlines crossing North Bay. Look for the signed parking area on the west side of the highway just north of the power lines.

From Tacoma, drive north on Highway 16 past Gig Harbor; take Highway 302 west past Purdy and continue about 1.3 miles past Victor Rd. to powerlines crossing the bay. Look for the signed parking area on the west side of the highway just north of the power lines.

From Shelton, head north on Highway 3. At Allyn, turn right onto North Bay Rd. and follow around the head of the bay about 1.9 miles to Highway 302. Continue on 302 about 1.3 miles to powerlines crossing the bay. Look for the signed parking area on the west side of the highway just north of the power lines.

The WDFW access to the public tidelands is immediately north of the powerlines crossing the bay. Do not trespass on private upland parcels to the north and south of this access. There is a gravel parking lot at the site. The public tidelands extend 1,600 feet to the south of the powerlines and northward nearly to the head of the bay.

Parking lot Power lines

Map to this point  

Portable toilets are located on site.

Beach information last updated: June 03, 2015 @ 3:04pm


For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.

Shelton/Olympia North Bay DNR-20 Grapeview South Dougall Point West Dougall Point DNR-24 McMicken Island State Park DNR-34 Jarrell Cove State Park DNR-33 Windy Bluff DNR-18 Joemma Beach State Park DNR-16 Taylor Bay DNR-13 Hope Island State Park Oakland Bay Recreation Tidelands Walker County Park Frye Cove County Park Priest Point Park Burfoot County Park Woodard Bay Tolmie State Park Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge North Pitt Pass DNR-39 Wyckoff Shoal Penrose Point State Park Amsterdam Bay South Eagle Island Eagle Island State Park DNR-8 West Oro Bay South Oro Bay Maple Hollow R-2 Kopachuck State Park Cutts Island State Park South Gordon Point North Fort Lewis DNR-35A

Yellow map areas (links) identify approximate public property boundaries and should not be considered legal property boundaries.
Many of these public beaches have no upland entrance and must be accessed by boat. Please respect adjacent private property.

This map is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy of this map is not guaranteed.